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Speleo Spiel

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Speleo Spiel
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Speleo Spiel
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Southern Tasmanian Caverneers
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Regional Speleology ( local )
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Australia

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The Tasmanian Caverneering Club was formed on 13 September 1946. Initially, information was provided to members through a circular, copies of which exist back to November 1947. "Speleo Spiel, Circular of the Tasmanian Caverneering Club" was first published December 1960. Eight issues of this are known, up to May 1962. In April 1964 a "Circular" was again issued and seems to have continued, irregularly, until March 1966. Then in April 1966, a "New Series" of Speleo Spiel commenced, as a monthly newsletter. In December 1996 The Tasmanian Caverneering Club amalgamated with the Southern Caving Society and the Tasmanian Cave and Karst Research Group to form the Southern Tasmanian Caverneers. The combined group agreed to continue to publish "Speleo Spiel" as its bi-monthly newsletter, as continues today (2015). Speleo Spiel is a vehicle for recording the cave and karst-related activities, and particularly the achievements, of the Southern Tasmanian Caverneers. It also carriers technical and scientific reports, reprints, reviews and other information likely to be of interest to members from time to time.
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No. 37 (Jul 1969)
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See Extended description for more information.

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SPELEO SPIEL. NoA~~. Published monthly by the Tasmanian Caverneering Club, Hobart, 7001. Registered at the G.P.O., Hobart. mnual subscription 60 cents. Single copies 10 cents. Pres:P.Brabon, 122 Augusta Rd., Lenah Valley, 7008. Sec:-Mrs.J.Brabon, II II 11 11 FORWARD FROG-. July 12 and/or 13 Florentine Valley. Leader:A.Goede. July 19, 20 Kubla Khan, Mole Creek. Leader:B.Collin. Surveying and photography. August 2 or 3 Day trip to Revelation ~ave(weather ~errnitting) Leader:B.Collin. August 9,EO Plorentine Valley. Leader:B.Collin. Augusk 12 TUESDAY. General meeting at Terry and knn's place, at 8p.m. at 63 Colville St., Batt.PB, Park in Bath St, first house on left up Colville St. diagonally opposite Albert9s house. i W. EDITORIAL. There is not much to say so it is going to be a short one this time. Revelation Bave proved stubborn and wet and we are waiting for better weather before doing any more digging. n survey to and throuzh the cave is also desir,able before we push the dig %oo far. Work in the Junrae area has just beam. We hope to have maps and aerial photographs available soon to enable us to do some systematic work there. The area is close to Hobart. It's an easy drive along a good road and the scenery is impressive if you can see it through the vegetation. You don't have to be mad but.............., Our club motto is certainly appropi-iate for that fellow in 'Jugoslavia whose intentions were recently published in our local paper. It seems that cave conservation behind the iron curtain also leaves something to be desired. !'The MercuryG, Friday, 27-6-1969. "He's staying inside for 460 days. Belgrade. A Belgrade amateur potholer has been walled u2 in a mountain cave in an attempt to set a record of 460 days or nore living alone. Mr.ILVeljkovic (35) entered a specially equipped niche, high above an underground river in the 1,300 ft. deep cave in Eastern Serbia. His only link with the outside world .is a telephone, and his only company consists of a dog, a cat, seveh,!,hens, three cocks, and five -._. -.

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Speleo Spiel. (page 2.) July, 1969. Twenty-third Birthday Dinner. The dinner will be held on the 13th September at the St.Ives Hotel, cnr. St.Georges Terr., and Sandy Bay ~d., Battery Point. You will be served a four course dinner for 3 dollars 50 and eating will start at 7 p.m. sharp. This year we will have a band so Bichard can leave Zorba the Greek at home bring your wife instead. Joan would like your K.S.V.P.'s and money before 6th September, address 122 kugusta Rd., Lenah Valley, 7008. Please make cheques payable to cash NOT to T.C.C. Club News. Joan and Peter Brabon will be leaving on the 13th of July for the great Outback. This tine it is Darwin or bust! They intend travelling via eastern Australia to Darwin then down to klice Springs and Adelaide where they will spend two days with Peter's nun. Then back hone on 10th August. They should have some slides for the September meeting. changes of Address. Ian and Stella Parley, 49 Wells Parade, Blackmans Bay.7152. Ph.56779. Robin and Jude Booth, 4/62 Bowden St., Glenorchy.7010. Terry and hn ~arkes, 63 Colville St. ; Batters Point .~OOO. ~hotb~raphers here is your Chance. At the last general neeting the lack of good photographs of Croesus and Kubla ~han Caves was deylored especially as we are trying to press for conservation and eventual development of these caves. It was felt that the club ought to build up a collection of original slides and prints. The decision was made to make ten dollars available out of club funds to encourage the building up of such a collection. Please note, photographers that July 19,20 is your first chance to do something about it! A.S.P.Newsletter. Many a tine the questicln has been asked at meetings stWhere is the A.S;P. newsletter?" We have just received a circular fron the B.S.P. secretary containing this inform~tion. ItThe March 1968 issue has been printed, but various delays(main1y financial) have occurred in the production of the cover. Once this has been overcome the issue will be posted immediately. The June 1968 issue is being prepared by Ian Wood ,and irrs being produced jointly by Ian Wood and Norm Poulter. The stencils for the September and December 1968 issues have been prepared, and will be printed when paper stocks are available. The material for the March 1969 issue is 90% complete. The seven issues fron June 1968 to December 1969 will have the sane cover artwork, in an attempt to reduce costs. Dedicated to the Saturday 14th June party. Veil, well!" he ~aid.~~These trees do shift. There is a quarry in front of-us(or I hope sc), but the path to it seems to have-move3 away! Extract fron one of the I1HobbitN books, with minor alterations. from One who did not go.... REVELATION CAVE Saturday, 14/6/1969(day trip) Party: ulbert and Therese Goede, Simon and Janet Stephens, Sib Corbett, and Sally Morris. This trip proved one thing unlike Hobbit Hole this cave has been nost apprqpriately named. It was certainly a revezation to see how a reputedly dry cave can in the short space of one week turn into a very wet one. Unaware of what was in store for us we left Hobart at 7.30a.m. neeting Sally at Longley on the way down. It was 10.20 a.m. when we left the cars with a healthy load of ropes, ladders and digging inplenents, Janet and Therese wisely stayed with the cars. We reached HobBit Hole at 11.20a.m., had a bite to eat and carefully filled our carbide lamps as we knew this would be the last spot where we could obtain water. Noon saw us at Revelation Cave and we were a little surprised to see a small stream coming down the Itdry" valley to disappear underground a short distance beyond the entrance. The cave was ad$.ed to our list of numbered caves(No.1) and down we went with the gear. The stream was found to enter the cave just below the first tight squeeze and thereafter continued to keep us company. The short drops were a bit of a nuisance as they were not only wet but the rocks embedded in the floor were dislodged from time to time as the matrix holding them was saturated. We managed to stay partially dry until we reached the 60 ft. drop. Our growing suspicions were confirmed when we discovered that the ladder and the waterfall went over the edge at the same point. The ladder

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Speleo Spiel. (Page 3). July, 1969. pitch is a beahtiful climb or would have been if it had been drytas it is up against a smooth wall all the way. Some records were set for a fast descent but we could not avoid getting soaked to the skin. Below this point the cave slopes steeply downward through an impressive fissure with a floor covered by talus and gravel. hlbert collected a live specimen of the cave beetle Idacarabus troglodytes, a new locality record for this species. xt the bottom the cave narrows but the total depth must be at least 400 ft. deep. A small creek comes in from the left hand side probably not Hobbit Creek as it does not carry enough water. We arrived at the dig at 2.002.m. It did nct look a wildly exciting prospect but digging p-oved fairly easy although only two could work at the same time. No $raught could be detected. lifter a while Simrm and klbert wandered off to sear~h for nnaspides leaving the dig to the ladies who obviously wanted the exemise to stay warm. We found two Anaspides in a 1" deep pool in one of the side passages. nt 3.00p.n. we went back to the dig to find that about 6 feet had been gained. The passage continues at more or less the same size as far as we could see but is going to take a lot of digging. It is probably worthwhile to survey the cave to find out just where we are in relation to Exit Cave before doing any nore excavating. The trip back to the surface was wet, cold and miserable. When we tried to pull up the ladders they would not budge and Albert had to climb down about 12 ft. to free them. We got to the surface at 5,OOp.m. with lots of wet and muddy gear just in tine to see the last daylight fade away. As sor]n as we were out a vicious hailstorm left the ground covered with up to 2" of hail. Intent on getting back as soon as possible we decided to take a short cut down the hill to intercept the track. What proved an easy five minute walk in daylight the weekend before turned out to be a nightmare in the dark. Cold and soaked to the skin and with rather inadequate lights we stuabled around potholes, into dolines and blind valleys, slid down slippery slopes and rotting logs. The leftists and rightists wpre well balanced and we headed then left then right as the terrain favoured one group or the other, In the end we had quite en argument on whether we were climbing out of a sinkhole or heading uphill and we had visions of spending the night wandering around in circles. Finally Simon discovered one of the Hobbit track markers. At the time it was a mgre welcome sight than a wad of ten dollar notes. We reached the Old Quarry at 6;~,m. and after that we stumbled along hail ad sleet covered logs and railway sleepers to reach the cars at 6.50p.m. just as our last lights were failing. Never have hot drinks and dry clothes been so much appreciated. Yes, the cave is worth another dig but don't expect to see us there. If Revelation Cave is n dry cave give us a wet one any day. ~~lbert Goede. JUNEE RliEr~ Sunday, 6/7/1969. Party: Brian and Jeanette Collin and offspring, slbert and Therese Goede plus 2 offspring. This was intended as a leisurely tqurist gype trip to get to know the area a little better. Ve first visited the Junee Quarry(first turn to right after going through barrier) and had a good look from the cars at the surrounding country side. The quarry is quite a good starting point for exploration of the area immediately to the northwest of Junee Cave. The quarry is quite a long way up so a lot of uphill tramping can be avoided by starting from here. Next we visited Nicholls Spur by driving along F1 road as far as possible. Here Brian and slbert were tempted into climbing up the lower slopes of Tyenna Peak. We were both impressed by the relief of the limestone(at least 1,000 ft.) but found very little exidence of solution except near the highest point reached where the slope becomes more gentle and we located some sinkholes anfl a few small shafts which did not seems to go very far. The vegetation on the higher slo;~es is not too bad as most of the area was burnt out in 1967. We followed a steep-siCed dry valley on the way down and were back at the cars after a three hour round trip. Albert Goede.

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Speleo-Spiel, July, 1969. F. Full nmber. J. Junior member. A. Associate member. H.A. Hon. Rssociat e menber. P. Pros3ective member. L.M. Life member. Menbership List. 1969-70. AL[aOP, Ray 6 Cann St., Bass Hill, N.S.'J{. 2197. A. BRhBON, Joan 122 kugusta Rd., Lenah Valley. 7008. F. BRABON, Pet er I I I I 11 II t I 11 F. BROWN, Frank 15 Harrington St., Hobart. 7000 F. BOOTH, Jude 4/26 Bowden St. Glenorchy. 7010 F. BOOTH. Kobin I I 11 I I II 11 F. BOYLE; John Y.M.C.A. Hobart. 7000 F. BJORKLUND, Car1 30 Reynold S Court, Dynnyrne. $005. P. CliREY, Prof. S. W. 24 Richardsons iive., Dynnyrne.7005. L.M. COLLIN, Briau 66 Wentworth St., South Hobart.7000. F. COLLIN, Jeanett e It 11 11 II 11 DI F. CHUTER, Richard Forestry Commission, Maydena. 7457. A. CUNNING-, John Forestry Comission, IvIole Creek. 7257. F. CORBETT, Sib 1/42 St.Georges Terrace, Battery Point. 7000 F. CARPENTER, Wesley 43 Darcy St., South Hobart. 7000 P. De VRIES, Rien Ringwood Road, New Norf~lk. 7450, A. DONnLLY, Nr, Lune River, Tas. 7116. H.8. ELLIS, Iioss 52 Bundock Bt., Randwick, N.S.W. A. FULEY, Ian 49 Wells Parade, Blackmans Bay. 7152 11 11 11 11 It (1 F. S PARLEY, Stella F. F~III S, John 273 East Risdon Rd., Lindisfarne. 7015. F. FUNKCOICBE, Don A.H.M., Maydena. 7457. H.H. GOEDE, albert 8 Bath St., Battery Point. 7000 L. 14. GOEDE, Therese 11 I I 11 S I I I 11 F. HUGHES RoC ney 79 Foets Rd. West Hobart. 7000. F. HODGE, William 5 Bayley St. Glebe. 7000. F. HOLLOWAY, Kerry 36 Lochner St., West Hobart. 7000. a. HOWE, Bernard 7 Hickmm St. New Town. 7008. F. HERIKGTOK, J. 24 Ba.laka St. Hosny. 7018. H.A. HELIUM, Pet er 2/326 Davey St., South Hobart. 7000 (~ongest ever P.) JhGOE, Mike 20 lewan Ave., Kingston. 7150. F. KENT, Ron 2348 Derwent Ave., Libdisfarne. 7015. F. KELLBR, Allan 5 Bayley St., Glebe.(last known residence) F. LATHAM, Del 35 Balaka St. Rosny Foint 7018. F. IEERDING, Henk 6 Gourlay Ave. Blacknans Bay. 7152. F. MORRIS, Clive 39 Beach Rd., Kingston. 7150. F. MORRIS, Sally 11 11 11 I I 11 F. PETEHSON, Bill 12 Auvergne Ave. New Town. 7008. F. PLsISTER, John 4 Central uve., Moqnah. 7009. A. FhRKES, Terry 63 Colville St., Battery Point. A. RICHuRDSON, T Mole Creek, Tas. 7257. H.A. ROBINSON, Lloyd 167 Mt. Keira Hoad, Mt. Heira, N. S. W. 2500. 8. SEYMOUR, Denis 4 Clarke Ave., Battery Point. 7000. F. SPATE, AnCh'ew Box 312, P.0. Orbost, Vic. 3888. A. SKINNER, Boy and Pan. Chalet, Hastings. 7116. H.A. STLPHENS, Sinon 365 ~rgyle St., North Hobart. 7000. F. SPARREBOOM, Kees H.C.C. Caravan Park, Sandy Bay. 7005. F. TURNER, Doug 79 Riawena Rd., Lindisfarne. 7015. F. TODD, Ted 9 Grottan St., Prahran, Vic. 3181. F. T.C.C.N.B. P.O.Box 315, Launceston. 7250. If you have not yet paid your subs. please do it now. Brian will be overjoyed to receive them. His address is: 66 Wentworth St. South Hobart. 7000.


Description
The Tasmanian Caverneering Club was formed on 13 September
1946. Initially, information was provided to members through
a circular, copies of which exist back to November 1947.
"Speleo Spiel, Circular of the Tasmanian Caverneering
Club" was first published December 1960. Eight issues of this
are known, up to May 1962. In April 1964 a "Circular" was
again issued and seems to have continued, irregularly, until
March 1966. Then in April 1966, a "New Series" of Speleo
Spiel commenced, as a monthly newsletter.
In December 1996 The Tasmanian Caverneering Club
amalgamated with the Southern Caving Society and the
Tasmanian Cave and Karst Research Group to form the Southern
Tasmanian Caverneers. The combined group agreed to continue
to publish "Speleo Spiel" as its bi-monthly newsletter, as
continues today (2015).
Speleo Spiel is a vehicle for recording the cave and
karst-related activities, and particularly the achievements,
of the Southern Tasmanian Caverneers. It also carriers
technical and scientific reports, reprints, reviews and other
information likely to be of interest to members from time to
time.